[lug] So now we're a bunch of communists, eh?

Kevin King kevin at precisonline.com
Mon Jul 31 11:03:14 MDT 2000

I chose to read the word "communism" as "community", which I think
more accurately reflects the reality.

kevin at precisonline.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Nate Duehr <nate at natetech.com>
To: lug at lug.boulder.co.us <lug at lug.boulder.co.us>
Cc: CLUE TALK <clue-talk at clue.denver.co.us>
Date: Monday, July 31, 2000 10:18 AM
Subject: Re: [lug] So now we're a bunch of communists, eh?

On Sun, Jul 30, 2000 at 06:49:06AM -0600, B O'Fallon wrote:
> Steve Ballmer, at Microsoft's annual financial analysts meeting in
> Seattle (the full article is here:
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/1/12266.html):
> "Linux is a tough competitor. There's no company led Linux, there's
> barely a Linux road map. Yet Linux sort of springs organically from
> earth. And it had, you know, the characteristics of communism that
> people love so very, very much about it. That is, it's free."
> -----------
> I have in my lifetime been called many, many things (some good,
some not
> so good) but no one until now has dared called me a communist.
Perhaps a
> better term for Linux users would be "anarchists." Or, we since
> want something for free, how about "misers"?
> But communists? Never!

Libertarian (without the silly U.S. political party system's baggage)
seems more appropriate to me.

Ballmer's an ass.  He's always talkin' smack, but I suppose I would
if I were as egotistical as he and believed that my software was so
important to have that everyone on the planet NEEDED it.

Sorry... (rant-mode off now).  It's Monday.

Nate Duehr <nate at natetech.com>

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